Iain Stewart MP will be visiting Transport Systems Catapult at The Pinnacle tomorrow afternoon (Friday 31 January) to see more of what we are up to and have a look around our new offices.
Mr Stewart, who has represented the Milton Keynes South constituency at Westminster since the 2010 election, has actively supported the TSC since it was announced that our headquarters would be located in Milton Keynes.
Just this month in Parliament – during Prime Minister’s Questions – Mr Stewart raised the issue of the economic importance of investing in research and innovation, which elicited congratulations from David Cameron to the city of Milton Keynes on its representation on the Smart Cities Forum.
Milton Keynes is one of just five cities chosen to be represented on the government led Smart Cities Forum, that met for the first time last month. This body intends to help the UK benefit from a global market for the concept of the Smart City, estimated to be worth more than $400 billion by 2020.
A Smart City would, for instance, allow businesses to plan efficient transportation of goods, local authorities to create effective public services and citizens to access real time data in order to plan their activities.
Our Chief Executive Steve Yianni met with both Iain and Mark Lancaster (MP for Milton Keynes North) last September with Iain joining us for the TSC launch event at the London Transport Museum last October.
Iain succesfully campaigned for the granting of a royal pardon to Alan Turing, recently (also in PMQs) inviting The Prime Minister to visit Bletchley Park in his constituency “to see for himself Alan Turing’s remarkable achievements”.
A follower of Transport Systems Catapult on Twitter, as @iainastewart, Iain lists his interests – in addition to Conservative politics – as Masterchef and transportation.